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It is with undying gratitude that we give thanks to our SS. Cyril & Methodius faculty who have retired or are pursuing other

callings. For, as Peter says, each of them has demonstrated their profound gifts in their service to others. They are the faithful

stewards of God’s grace who have served the Orchard Lake Schools and guided seminarians to dioceses throughout Polonia and

lay people to serve the Lord in numerous capacities. With endearing gratitude, we bid farwell to:

Msgr. Francis Koper, D.Min., Dean of Pastoral Formation

Rev. Fr. Leonard Obloy, S.S.L., Dean of Intellectual Formation

Rev. Bryan Patterson, S.T.L., Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture and Pastoral Theology

Very Rev. Michael A. Woroniewicz, M.Div, M.A. D.Min., Rector

Msgr. Francis Koper

is retiring. He served as rector for 25 years (1977-2002) and

provided leadership in obtaining initial accreditation of the Seminary by the Association of

Theological Schools. Ordained in 1971 for the Diocese of Wilmington (Delaware), he spent 44

years of his priestly life and ministry here at Orchard Lake. In addition to serving as rector and

professor of moral theology, catechetics, pastoral theology, and U.S. Catholic Church History,

he also served for the past 11 years as Dean of Pastoral Formation, and Vice Chancellor of the

Orchard Lake Schools under Msgr. Stanley Milewski.

Rev. Fr. Leonard Obloy

is also retiring. He received

his A.B. degree in 1973 from Borromeo College of Ohio, and his

Master of Divinity from St. Mary Graduate School of Theology

in Cleveland, Ohio (1977). Fr. Obloy went on to study in

Rome, Italy, at the Pontifical Biblical Institute and received

his S.S.L. in 1983, before pursuing his S.S.D. (Cand.). The Dean of Intellectual Formation

at SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary more recently also oversaw the Lay Ministry program.

Rev. Bryan Patterson

has been called back by the

Diocese of Brooklyn to serve in another capacity. Prior to his

ordination and assignment, he studied at the Gregorian University

in Rome, Italy, where he received his S.T.L. The SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary Assistant

Professor of Sacred Scripture and Pastoral Theology developed a strong connection to the

St. Mary’s Preparatory student body and offered many life lessons to the Men of St. Mary’s in his

frequent Homilies, helping to guide them on life’s journey.

Very Rev. Michael A. Woroniewicz

, SS. Cyril &

Methodius Seminary Rector, from the Archdiocese of Detroit, has

also been called to serve away from SSCMS. “Fr. Mike” received

his B.A. from Wayne State University (1981) before beginning

his priestly journey at St. John Provincial Seminary (M.Div., 1985). He went on to acquire his

M.A. in Liturgy from Notre Dame University (2010) and his D.Min. in Preaching from Aquinas

Institute of Theology (2005). Prior to serving as Rector of SSCMS, he served as Pastor of St.

Gabriel Parish/St. Irene Rectory in Dundee, Michigan, while teaching at SSCMS. Although he

was only with SSCMS for one academic year, he has truly touched many lives through his ministry.

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as

faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

1 Peter 4:10

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